Music on Evolution


One part of the science education initiative of the project is to bring science to a wide audience in a fun and engaging format.  Music is the perfect medium, so our music project produces songs and related videos about evolutionary origins, and offers them here for free.

Listen to/download our songs!

Click here for the video slideshow of the song “From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web”.

The songs are written by Nicholas Toth and Kathy Schick, and are performed by The Stone Age Institute Band, a partnership of Institute scientists and world-class professional musicians who are committed to using music in an educational (and hopefully fun!) way. All of the professional musicians in the band are also on our Institute advisory board.

A few of the core SAI Band members:  (left to right) Sage Benado, Seymour Duncan, Kathy Schick, Nicholas Toth, and Tom Schoenemann.

The core members of the Stone Age Institute band are:

Nicholas Toth, palaeolithic archaeologist, guitar, songwriter (

Kathy Schick, palaeolithic archaeologist, percussion, songwriter (

Tom Schoenemann, bioanthropologist, drums, percussion (

Carrie Newcomer, singer/songwriter (Rounder Records), vocals (

Seymour Duncan, guitar pickup/effects manufacturer, lead guitar (

Sage Benado, guitarist, guitar effects pedal manufacturer, guitar (

Henry Corning, venture capitalist, sculptor, bass guitar (

 The Stone Age Institute Band logo.  A handaxe and a Seymour Duncan guitar pick symbolize the inspirations of the Stone Age Institute band.  Stone Age Institute Band logo © 2011, STONE AGE INSTITUTE®. All rights reserved.

The songs were recorded at Echo Park Studio in Bloomington, Indiana (co-owned by long-time John Mellencamp guitarist Mike Wanchik), with Kevin Loyal as engineer.  Echo Park Studio is also where the music group, The Fray, recorded their multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated album, “How to Save a Life,” in 2006.

Long-time friend and Stone Age Institute advisory board member Kenny Aronoff joins Tom on drums and percussion on “Homo erectus”. Kenny, considered by many to be one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock, was the drummer with John Mellencamp for 15 years on such songs as “Hurt’s So Good”, “Jack and Diane”, “Pink House”, “Authority Song”, “Crumblin’ Down”, “Scarecrow”, and “Paper in Fire”. More recently he has recorded and toured with John Fogerty, Joe Cocker, Melissa Etheridge, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Smashing Pumpkins, etc. He was the house drummer for all of the musical acts at the 2009 Obama inauguration concert, as well as for the Grammys and the Kennedy Center Honors.

For the SAI Band recordings, guitar legend Seymour Duncan plays with a replica of the guitar he built for Jeff Beck, which Beck played to earn him his first Grammy for best rock instrumental for the song “’Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers” on the “Blow by Blow” album (1975), produced by Beatles producer George Martin.


There are more songs under development, so check back frequently for new songs and related videos.

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